Tina Gerow: Slacker Ex Band Director

Doctor-Who-TARDIS-Air-FreshenerWhile you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?  

All the time.  That’s actually how Iwrite.  Iput myself in the place of that character.  I imagine what they would say, do, feel, want, react etc when I’m in their Point of view, or even when they react to my Point of View character.  It does feel a bit schizophrenic at times, but it works for me. 🙂

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Here’s my bio on LinkedIn:  I’m a multi published author under two pen names.  I write sensual paranormal romance as Tina Gerow and erotic paranormal romance and contemporary erotic romantic suspense as Cassie Ryan.  I’m also an experienced line editor and a public speaker on many topics both motivational and writing related.

So basically I’m a slacker ex band director with an outgoing personality and an overactive imagination that I’ve put to work for the safety of myself and others 🙂

Snerk!  But seriously.  All of that stuff IS true.  I’ve been writing for publication since 2003 and it’s the best job in the world!  I get paid to make shit up 🙂  I live in Phoenix, Arizona with my two men – my son, Darian and my husband, Jon.  Along with an adorable black Bombay cat named Nox and an 18 pound Maine Coon named Rocky.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I love to read, and I think reading keeps me creative.  I just try not to write and read in the same genre at the same time so what I’m reading doesn’t accidentally creep into what I’m writing.  I usually read historical romances while I’m writing.  I absolutely LOVE them, and I will NEVER write them.  While I can research the stuff I’m writing for hours on end, I’m too lazy to research what kind of hook or button went on a lady’s corset or whatever in the 17 or 1800’s…LOL.  I’ll leave that to those who are good at it.  I just love reading it!  I also love just hanging out with my guys doing pretty much anything, or playing with our kitties.  I’m sort of a sci-fi nut when it comes to movies and television.  I’m an avid Doctor Who fan and a Trekkie.

Do you have a day job as well? 

I used to have a day job.  Iworked as a technologies program manager for a decade and after that a barista at Starbucks.  But after the brain blowout, I just can’t handle the actual job thing anymore.  Writing I can do on my own schedule, and I can take a thousand naps a day if I need to.  Not to mention that my critique group can find my huge mistakes before I turn it in to my editor or agent.  So my tendency to start on one thing and brain jump to something else can be caught before it’s too late!  Also, since the brain blowout, I have to be very careful of stress.  It now causes my physical symptoms – I think it’s my brain being pissed at me for not listening to it so it smacks me in the head.  One of those symptoms is that I can begin randomly typing backwards.  I don’t realize it as I’m doing it.  But it’s happened in text messages, emails, Facebook, and I’ve even had to spend an hour fixing an entire scene!  Sigh…  So nope, no day job.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I started writing for publication in August 2003.  Into a Dangerous Mind took me 11 months to write, rewrite and rewrite some more with the help of my wonderful critique group and lots of all nighters.  Iwas essentially learning how to write a book so it was a much longer process than those that came after that.


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